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On October 21, 2019, Canadians will head to the polls for the 43rd Federal Election. Those in Merritt and throughout the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola will have five candidates vying for their vote.

The incumbent is Conservative Dan Albas, and he’ll be challenged by the Liberal’s Mary Ann Murphy, Green candidate Robert Mellalieu, the NDP’s Joan Phillip and Allan Duncan from the People’s Party of Canada.

In the lead up to voting day, Q101 will be posting ‘COSN Votes’ articles with each candidate’s thoughts on issues facing Merritt, British Columbia, and Canada.

This week in honour of the rallies taking place across the World, we begin with the topic of climate change.

*Candidates are listed in alphabetical order

*All candidates were asked the same questions

*For full policy information visit their websites

Dan Albas, Conservative Party of Canada (Incumbent)

“There are two things we need to bear in mind, first climate change is a global issue. If we don’t see a meaningful reduction in some of the largest economies like the US, China and India, and many other developing countries. If we do not find a way to meaningfully drop those emissions, even if Canada turned off the entire economy overnight it would not have a difference because our emissions are only 1.6 per cent of the total.

How do we make sure we are going to meaningfully address climate change while at the same time grow the economy to see projects like trans mountain go forward. A carbon-tax, what that does is it pushed industrial activity to the US. We believe in technology, not taxes, will address this.”

Allan Duncan, People’s Party of Canada

“In our party, there is a wide spectrum of opinions on it, there are some people who think it’s a hoax and they don’t believe in it, to people that are really concerned about it. One of the things we’re doing, we’re not going to tax it, we’re going to abolish the carbon tax. We would like to approach the concerns about the uncertainties with the climate by opening up markets and opening up people who would like to look at alternatives to address climate change at their level of concern.

I’m not a climate change alarmist. Yes, the climate changes but I don’t believe that the planet is going to be uninhabitable due to climate change by the next election or within a decade. I do love clean air and clean water, clean soil, so I have an environmental focus.”

Robert Mellalieu, Green Party of Canada

“I don’t think we can attack the climate change issue by building LNG plants, or increasing capacity of Alberta oil. We have to reduce the CO2 emissions and everything possible to do that as quickly as possible. In 2021 we have to have a 20 per cent reduction to meet the Paris climate agreement goals, and that’s just the bare minimum we must do.

Actions speak louder than words, and their plans can’t possibly include introducing more CO2 in the air. Otherwise, it’s just disingenuous, it’s placating, it’s pandering, it’s not real. You have to have a real plan that has real targets that somewhere meet the Paris agreement, it’s just crazy talk to talk about a pipeline in the same breath.”  

Mary Ann Murphy, Liberal Party of Canada

“The Liberals announced setting a target in line with what was talked about at the UN, which is a target of reaching zero emissions by 2050. Certainly, the centre pillar of our plan that might distinguish us from others, particularly the Conservative approach, would be to maintain our pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing.

It very interesting to see over the last while the Liberal Government has established a trust fund to support the green economy, have developed an arms-length scientific panel to advise the government on moving into the green economy and have taken the position that you need to balance economic development and protection for Alberta with longer-term environmental aspirations.”

Joan Phillip, NDP

“I think the important part is to not invest in any more pipelines and invest some of those dollars into renewable energy, and that would dramatically reduce greenhouse gases. We're also talking about creating 300,000 jobs through the green energy industry.

Reducing the greenhouse gases would reduce the number of forest fires, I understand that the forest industry is a lot of trouble and it’s because of those horrific fires that have been taking place over the last number of years. Not to mention the flooding.”

Next week the candidates will share their thoughts on reconciliation.


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